2018-2019 Engineering Stories

UAA CoEng Engineering students who built a rocket to compete at the NASA High Power Rocket Competition in Minnesota

UAA College of Engineering Students to Compete at NASA Rocket Competition

May 16, 2019

An all-women group of UAA Engineering students combined their individual expertise to build a rocket capable of surpassing the speed of sound, as they head off to compete at the NASA High Power Rocket Competition in Minnesota.

Kim Riggs and a fellow biker stand with their fat tire bikes giving eachother a high-five under the iditarod finish line sign in winter.

In a 1,000-mile bike race, the biking is the easy part

May 14, 2019

You might say that UAA College of Engineering facilities manager Kim Riggs is hardcore. She recently completed the Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) 1,000-mile bike race. But the petite, athletic Riggs feels like she's one of many, among a growing movement of outdoor adventurists, who enjoy the challenge of a human vs. wild event.

College of Engineering Graduation Class of 2019 stand on the stairs of the EIB

Congratulations to UAA's College of Engineering Class of 2019!

May 6, 2019

Best wishes to all of our newly minted engineers, and computer science, project management and geomatics professionals! Pictured are just a few of the 195 total College of Engineering graduates from this academic year.

Danica Mike posing with the rocket she used to pass her Level-1 National Association of Rocketry Certification

Another Student Spreading Her Wings, Doing Great Things

April 30, 2019

Congratulations to College of Engineering student, Danica Mike, on passing her Level-1 National Association of Rocketry Certification with a successful rocket launch, helping her team qualify for NASA’s Space Grant High-Power Rocket Competition in Minnesota in May.

Picture of the 2019 UAA Steel Bridge Team standing in a line holding their awards

UAA ASCE Student Chapter Scores Big at Regional Steel Bridge Competition; Moving On to Compete at Nationals

April 25, 2019

Congratulations to our UAA Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers for placing 3rd overall and 1st in Aesthetics (for the third year in a row!) at their Regional ASCE Steel Bridge Competition.  Their stellar performance has earned them a spot at the 2019 National competition on May 31st.  Stay tuned!

UAA alumnus Kohl Keil posing in front of a tree outdoors.

Taking his Talents Abroad by Earning a Prestigious Congress-Bundestag Scholarship

April 23, 2019

Congratulations to UAA CoEng Alumnus Kohl Keil (B.S. Mechanical Engineering ’18), for receiving the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) Award. Keil will spend a year studying, interning and living in Germany. 

Nick Armstrong Crews headshot superimposed over an image of prototype self-driving car.

College of Engineering Alumnus Working on Self-Driving Cars for Google/Waymo

April 17, 2019

Nick Armstrong-Crews, UAA College of Engineering alumnus and current Senior Software Engineer for Google/Waymo, recently brought  his considerable experience in robotics and machine learning to his Keynote speech for the Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium. Armstrong-Crews addressed an enthusiastic audience of faculty, students and guests on the topic of “Self-driving Cars are Here and They’re Awesome!”

UAA Robotics Club members use a 3D printer to fabricate parts for the team’s new rover in the robotics lab in UAA’s Engineering and Industry Building

UAA Robotics Club Advances to 2019 University Rover Challenge (URC) Finals

April 16, 2019

UAA's Robotics Club earned the right compete at the 2019 University Rover Challenge (URC),  May 30 - June 1 at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah! Their hard work placed them among 36 finalists selected after the most competitive review in the competition’s history. 

professors Joey Yang and Utpal Dutta stand before a presentation poster.

Shaken into Action

April 2, 2019

The UAA College of Engineering faculty were among the many UAA individuals who jumped into action following the November earthquake. Civil Engineering faculty were involved in colleting data and conduction building inspections.

2019 MP Corrosion Innovation of the Year UAA team members

UAA Engineering Faculty and Students Take Home the 2019 MP Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award

April 1, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Raghu Srinivasan and his mechanical engineering students--Breton Henry, Ezra Adams, Jarek Halat, Jasper Jackson and Aaliq Rowland--on their National Association of Corrosion Engineers International (NACE) 2019 MP Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award. The team created an adjustable atmospheric corrosion test rack to study corrosion in extremely cold climates to win the award.

Christina Young poses in the electrical engineering research lab in the EIB.

Graduating Civil Engineering Student Models Leadership for Future Engineers

February 12, 2019

As Civil Engineering Student Christina Young prepares to leave UAA for a career as a water/wastewater engineer, her leadership as President of UAA’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and her work with the UAA Summer Engineering Academies will be appreciated for years to come.

Mike and Chase Swalling, 2018 Graduates stand in front of construction equipment in a snowy parkinglot.

Twice the Celebration for Father and Son 2018 Graduates

February 12, 2019

For Mike and Chase Walling (M.A. Engineering Management and B.S. Construction Management, respectively), the road to their 2018 Fall Commencement Ceremony was long and challenge-filled, but it paid off with both father and son celebrating a rare family event.

Badam Baatarbileg stands in the bridge between the health sciences building and engineering and industry building

MS, Project Management Graduate (2018) Taking Lessons Home to Mongolia

December 12, 2018

Mongolian native, Badam Baatarbileg, Fall 2018 graduate (MS,  Program Management),  offers advice to future UAA students, and looks forward to using what she's learned to have a positive impact on economic development in Mongolia.

Dr. Frank Witmer with Omega Smith, director of the UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater. (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

Engineering Professor Creates Dramatic Visualizations of Scientific Data for UAA Planetarium

November 13, 2018

UAA Engineering Computer Science Professor Dr. Frank Witmer has used his impressive background in math, computer science and geography to create visualizations  of UAA’s EPSCoR grant (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) data--a project examining how urbanization, economics, climate and recreation have affected the local watershed of six Alaskan road-accessible communities.

senior project engineer in the Airport Design Group at R&M Consultants Inc.  (Photo by James Evans / University of Alaska Anchorage)

UAA Engineering Alumna Making a Difference through Airport Design

November 6, 2018

For UAA alumna Carla Baxley, graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering (’01) meant she could work in an exciting field while providing for her family. Eventually, Baxley discovered that her career would extend to positively impacting families living in Alaska’s off-road communities through Airport Design.

UAA Honors student Devin Boyle working on Elodea floatplane project

UAA Engineering Professor helps Research Spread of Invasive Freshwater Plant

October 18, 2018

UAA Engineering Computer Science Professor Dr. Frank Witmer has teamed up with ISER researcher Dr. Tobias Schwoerer and UAA Honors student Devin Boyle to investigate how Elodea, an invasive freshwater plant, is being spread across Alaska by floatplanes.

Prof. Matt Cullins receives a research grant from the PHMSA.

UAA Engineering Professors Awarded PHMSA Research Grant

Congratulations to Professors Matt Cullin, Raghu Srinivasan and Todd Petersen on receiving a research grant from the U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The $299K award will fuel research addressing the prevention and mitigation of pipeline corrosion. 

Birch Boyer mentoring a young student during UAA's Summer Engineering Academies program

Presidential Scholar joins UAA Mechanical Engineering Program

July 26, 2018

Freshman Birch Boyer, a recipient of both the U.S. Presidential Scholar and Engineering Dean’s Excellence Awards, will bring his impressive background of academic achievement and community involvement to UAA's Mechanical Engineering program.

Ralf Pentesoctes and Jonathan Ravana standing at a workbench working together with flooring samples.

Cousin Collaboration Converts Footsteps Into Electrical Energy

June 22, 2018

Ralf Pentecostes, an electrical engineering major, teamed up with his cousin, Jonathan Ravana, a construction management major, for a project to develop a floorboard that converts kinetic energy from human footsteps into electrical energy.